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L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc. Case Studies: Westminster Bradenton Manor

Sunday, May 1st, 2011 by Jim Flynn


Built in 1961 the Westminster Bradenton Manor’s South Elevation was slatted for renovation. It was decided to bring the building up to code by removing the entire facade. Hurricane resistant windows, new stucco with Mediterranean detailing and a new mansard roof were planned. Due to the renovation generating additional loading to the existing wall footing. It was determined that there would be differential settlement between the new footer and existing. A deep foundation was recommended to transfer the load from the new footer to the limestone below. To minimize vibration and possible damage to the existing structure, Helical Piers where chosen as the deep foundation to support for the new footer.


Helical Piers were chosen as the ideal deep foundation system because they can be installed with smaller equipment, with less vibration and disturbance to the existing structure. L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc. was chosen to install the Helical Pier system for this project. Utilizing fifty four FSI 287 helical piers, with 8”- 10” lead sections, installed to 14 foot average depths. The helical piers where installed on 4.5 centers to achieve a design working load of 20 kips per pier. Utilizing a FSI retrofit bracket at each location and hydraulic cylinders, LRE uniformly loaded each bracket.   Upon completion, the retrofit brackets and tops of the helical piers were encapsulated into the new footer and foundation. The detail of the footer also consisted of doweling into the existing footer and floor slab.

Project Summary

Architect: James E. Toth Architecture

Structural Engineer: MceIroy Engineering

Geotechnical Engineer: Nodarse & Associates

Construction Manager: Hennessey Construction

Certified Installer: LRE Ground Services Inc.

Products Installed: Fifty Four FSI 287- 8" - 10" Helicals to an average dpeth of 14 feet 4.5 feet on center

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